JC Ramirez
JC Ramirez
30-Year-Old PitcherSP
Los Angeles Angels
Injury Elbow
Est. Return 6/1/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Ramirez won the final spot in the Angels' six-man rotation to open the 2018 season but made just two poor starts before being diagnosed with a torn UCL and undergoing Tommy John surgery. The procedure took place in mid-April, so a typical recovery timeline would have him able to return sometime in the middle of 2019. When he makes it back, it could be as a reliever to ease the stress on his arm. Ramirez pitched out of the bullpen through 2016 without much success before a move to the rotation in 2017 saw him post a surprisingly decent 4.15 ERA. If he can get back to that form in the second half of this season, he could be a capable deep-league fill-in, but even during that one successful season, his strikeout rate was just 16.9%, so he's more of an innings eater than a fantasy asset. An innings eater who is unlikely to eat any innings until the second half of the year can safely be ignored at draft time. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $1.9 million contract with the Angels in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Settles with Angels
PLos Angeles Angels
January 10, 2019
Ramirez (elbow) signed a one-year, $1.9 million contract with the Angels on Thursday, avoiding arbitration, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.
Ramirez broke camp in the Angels' rotation in 2018, but made just two starts before undergoing season-ending Tommy John surgery in mid-April. The right-hander will likely remain sidelined until the middle of 2019, and his role once he returns remains unclear, as the Angels could opt to bring him back as a reliever to ease the stress on his arm. As such, Ramirez -- who owns a career 4.72 ERA and 6.4 K/9 across parts of five big-league seasons -- carries little to no fantasy appeal heading into draft season.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .267 485 81 40 115 24 1 22
Since 2016vs Right .260 503 87 38 118 11 0 14
2018vs Left .222 23 3 5 4 0 0 2
2018vs Right .375 10 1 2 3 1 0 1
2017vs Left .281 302 51 27 75 18 1 16
2017vs Right .254 318 54 22 74 8 0 5
2016vs Left .247 160 27 8 36 6 0 4
2016vs Right .266 175 32 14 41 2 0 8
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
ERA on Road
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ERA on Road
Since 2016Home 5.18 1.39 119.0 6 11 1 6.8 3.2 1.5
Since 2016Away 3.51 1.28 112.2 8 5 1 6.2 2.9 1.3
2018Home 9.45 2.10 6.2 0 2 0 5.4 9.5 4.1
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 4.80 1.32 75.0 3 6 0 6.1 2.5 1.4
2017Away 3.48 1.37 72.1 8 4 0 6.7 3.5 1.1
2016Home 5.17 1.41 38.1 3 3 1 8.2 3.3 1.2
2016Away 3.57 1.12 40.1 0 1 1 5.4 1.8 1.6
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How does JC Ramirez compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
After bouncing around the league as a second-rate reliever, Ramirez surprisingly found new life as a starter with the Angels before going down with a forearm injury in August. He made a dramatic change in his approach to opposing hitters, limiting his fastball usage to just over 50 percent, down from 73.2 percent in 2016. Instead Ramirez threw more breaking pitches, following the Matt Shoemaker blueprint. Ramirez still wasn't all that good, managing just a 6.4 K/9 and 4.71 FIP, but he kept the walks in check (3.0 BB/9) and was at least capable in his role as an innings eater for four and a half months of the season. Depending on what the Angels do this winter, Ramirez may return to the rotation in 2018. The AL West has several pitcher-friendly parks, but the lack of swing-and-miss stuff keeps Ramirez merely on the periphery of mixed-league consideration.
Ramirez seemed to always have trouble translating his minor league successes to the majors, and the beginning of 2016 made it seem like more of the same. He managed to garner a callup to the Reds in late April, but the 28-year-old could only muster a putrid 6.40 ERA and 2.0 HR/9 across 32.1 innings before Cincinnati decided to cut ties with him in June. The Angels swiped him off waivers shortly thereafter, and despite his rough numbers in the past, he proved to be an effective reliever for the Halos. The right-hander concluded his time in Anaheim with a 2.91 ERA, a 1.19 WHIP, and even one save he picked up at the end of September. Ramirez will get stretched out and get a chance to make the club as a starter in 2017, but this has the feel of desperation on the part of Anaheim, so owners in most formats can afford to take a wait-and-see approach.
Ramirez made 20 relief appearances between the Mariners and Diamondbacks last season, failing to impress at either stop. He was better at Triple-A Tacoma (2.50 ERA) and Triple-A Reno (2.88), but he struggled with control everywhere, as he has done most of his career. More perplexing is how he only struck out 6.08 K/9 with a mere 15.1 K% even though his fastball averages a robust 95.4 mph. The 27-year-old Ramirez agreed to a minor-league contract this offseason with the Reds that includes an invitation to spring training. He'll compete for a bullpen job but is unlikely to pitch in high-leverage situations.
Ramirez was converted to a reliever last season after failing to develop as a starter. He has lacked a solid secondary pitch throughout his time in the minors, so a conversion to relief was inevitable. His fastball reaches the high-90s, but his 7.65 K/9IP at Triple-A last season says this isn't an overpowering reliever. Ramirez is still just 24 years old, so there is some time left to develop, but his window may be closing soon.
Ramirez really took a step back last season as he struggled all year to develop a consistent secondary offering. His strikeout rate dropped as the Phillies had him trying to pitch to contact. Ramirez has a big fastball that reaches the high-90s, but since he offers little else he struggles to put hitters away. The Phillies will convert him to a relief role this season in order to try to get something out of Ramirez.
Based on last year's numbers, Ramirez was the best prospect the Phillies obtained from the Mariners in the Cliff Lee trade. He was a combined 7-7 with a 4.82 ERA and a 115:41 K:BB ratio in 142 innings between High-A Clearwater and Double-A Reading. Ramirez put up those solid numbers despite pitching most of last season with a torn labrum in his hip. Ramirez underwent surgery in September and is expected to be fully healthy for the start of the 2011 season. He'll likely be back at Reading to start the year but could see time at Triple-A in the second half of the season if he gets off to a good start.
The Phillies acquired Ramirez in the trade that sent Cliff Lee to Seattle. Ramirez, 21, spent last season at High-A where he posted a 111:53 K:BB ratio in 142.1 innings. He struggled with the long ball and saw his K:9 ratio decrease from the year prior leaving some to question whether he is better suited for the bullpen long term. The Phillies like his upside and will keep him in the rotation for now. He could begin the year back at High-A.
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Moves to 60-day DL
PLos Angeles Angels
May 4, 2018
Ramirez (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Friday, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
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Undergoes successful surgery
PLos Angeles Angels
April 18, 2018
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Will undergo Tommy John surgery
PLos Angeles Angels
April 13, 2018
Ramirez (elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery on Tuesday, Jeff Fletcher of the Southern California News Group reports.
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Likely needs Tommy John surgery
PLos Angeles Angels
April 9, 2018
Ramirez was diagnosed Monday with a torn UCL in his right elbow and was advised to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery, Maria Guardado of MLB.com reports.
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Heads to disabled list
PLos Angeles Angels
April 8, 2018
Ramirez (forearm) was placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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